Ara, Lou honor Gurley Leep founder at Center for History Annual Dinner

South Bend, Ind. More than 550 people attended Thursday night's Center for History annual dinner, including some very big names.

There was a great atmosphere in Downtown South Bend Thursday night as legendary Irish Football Coach Ara Parseghian and his wife Katie were among those in attendance.

They were all there to honor Gurly Leep founders Mike and Karen Leep, and former Irish coaching great Lou Holtz was on hand as the guest speaker.

“There's a saying if you didn't show up, who would miss you and why?” says Holtz, who led Notre Dame to the 1988 National Championship. “If Mike Leep had not shown up in this community, thousands of people would have missed him. Not just because of his car dealership but what he does for so many other people. I am here because of the respect I have for him. When the bank asks me to lists my assets I start with my friendship with Mike Leep.”

“He has been very charitable and very active in the fund raising for so many of the organizations here in town,” says Parseghian, who led the Irish to national titles in 1966 and 1973. “Mike is a terrific guy. We need more people like Mike and Karen Leep.”

The annual dinner is the Center for History's main fund raising event of the year.

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